And I Should Listen To You Because….

I promised myself when I created this blog that I would not use this as a venue to vent. But every situation in life can be used as a learning experience and if I learn something new, I have to share with my readers. I will do my best to present you guys only with the facts and not my personal opinion.

I am not knocking anyone who is over weight, everyone has their personal struggles that they have to overcome. However, that is not my struggle for many reasons that I openly discuss with anyone who listens. I always try to drop tidbits of information about workout regiments or how to eat healthy in a practical way. Well today I was told by an obese woman I was doing it wrong and the way I eat will catch up with me when I get older. Based on my understanding she has a gluten allergy. Fine, I am very familiar with the diet change that comes with being gluten free. So I asked knowledge based questions about how she is adjusting because, I, myself, do struggle with certain food allergies. Though, it doesn’t stop me from eating anything! I like food way too much to not eat my apples and peanut butter. Anyway, I asked her how she gets her insoluble fiber. (BTW, insoluble fibers  have a laxative effect and add bulk to the diet, helping prevent constipation. It is important for a healthy colon, so having an adequate amount is important to ANY diet.) The best source of insolubles are whole grain, whole wheat, bran, barely, cornmeal, etc, all which based on HER rules of a gluten free diet is prohibited. Okay, so I would never suggest anyone with a condition to eat something that would be harmful. To each their own, right? But no, I was told I and everybody else could get enough fiber with just fruits and vegetables (as she eats her bag of Cheetos). There are many things wrong with this statement. Though there are certain fruits and vegetables that have insoluble fiber but the amount of fruits and vegetables anyone would have to eat to reach the minimum of 30 grams isn’t practical. You’re probably asking how can someone with a gluten free diet take in enough fiber to maintain a healthy digestive system? Well, contrary to beliefs of this particular lady, there are many great insoluble fibers that are gluten free, such as, cornmeal, buckwheat and popcorn. A healthy diet is a complete versatile diet. There are many ways to receive all the nutrients the body needs but it is important to do research.

This situation today actually will tie in greatly with my next post. Though I do not completely know everything about her condition, it is important to for everyone to do proper research before starting any diet; whether it be for a documented health reasons, to lose weight or to be healthier.

Wrap ‘Em Up!

I hesitated writing this post, I do not want to start any trouble; so please do not shoot the messenger! For a few months the topic of body wraps has surface many of my conversations. I see many women distributing and participating in these wrap parties. A new and innovated ways to become healthier AND a new detox?? Sign me up! Though I must say I was a tad bit skeptic, I knew wrapping my body up with plastic wrap just didn’t make any common sense. But I kept seeing people’s results. Losing inches in one session!! So, I’m like okay Robbin, maybe there is something to this. So as a future fitness professional I did my research. What I came up with is what my gut was telling me all along. It’s a complete waste of my time and money (a lot of $$$ at that). Though it is possible to lose inches in the matter of minutes, this loss is only temporary, just for a day or two. The ONLY way to shrink or get rid of body fat is to either suck them out (liposuction) or don’t feed them (no excess amount of calories) . Plain and simple! Okay, so we still have the detox aspect. It is true certain wrapping techniques add eucalyptus, honey, green tea extract and other natural ingredients, which all are great for your skin (when applied) and body (when ingested)! But why spend the money?? Your local grocery store carries all those ‘special’ ingredients. Heck! Get fancy, save more money and visit the garden store and grow your own eucalyptus plant and tea leafs and have a life time of supply. However, no matter how much you coat your body with these components, it is not a real detox. A detox is something that flushes out the organs inside your body; liver, kidney and digestive tract. There’s no way slathering your body and wrapping it with plastic is going to pull out that much toxins that your organs are going to be affected. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to knock body wraps out completely. If you are a model or have a special event to attend and need to get into the slim fitting dress, by all means wrap ’em up! But at the end of the day, nothing can take the place of fitness. Eating right and exercising will always be the solution to an healthy lifestyle. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/spa/body-wraps-what-to-expect

Sunday No Fun-day

Sunday is supposed to be my big study day. Though I tote my ACE Essentials book and flashcards everywhere I go, Sunday is the day I buckle down with my highlighter and get to work. Well this Sunday, not so much. Though I love fitness, something about the amount of VO2 (oxygen consumption) is not entertaining today. But where do I find the motivation? I only have 2 months to get it together and I’m way behind where I need to be. Tomorrow I will try to make up for the lost time today, maybe go sit by the pool for a change of scenery. Regardless, I need to get down to business. Oh and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!